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"The harbour! The seaside! Children! That will be lovely!"
— Trevor
ThomasandTrevor
Thomas and Trevor/
A New Friend for Thomas
Director(s)

David Mitton

Producer(s)

David Mitton
Robert D. Cardona

Writer(s)

Christopher Awdry
(original)
Britt Allcroft
David Mitton
(adapted)

Narrator

Ringo Starr (UK/US)
George Carlin (US)

Air date

October 23rd,
1986 (UK)
April 25th,
1988 (AUS)
June 11th,
1989 (US)
May 14th,
1991 (JAP)
April 20th,
1993 (George
Carlin US
)

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Thomas and Trevor, retitled A New Friend for Thomas in American releases, is the sixth episode of the second season. In the US, this episode aired on the Shining Time Station episodes, Is This the End? in 1989 and Billy Saves the Day in 1993.

Plot

Since being saved from scrap, Trevor has been living in the vicarage orchard and is enjoying his time there, especially as Edward stops by everyday to talk to him. However, Trevor sometimes finds himself with not enough work to do. One day, Edward stops to talk to Trevor as usual and the traction engine was feeling downbeat about not being busy or having company all the time. He's especially sad that he doesn't get to spend time with children very often.

Edward has some good news for Trevor; the Fat Controller has asked that Trevor be sent to the site of the new harbour to help out with the work. Edward has been sent to pick up Trevor and carry him to the yard to meet with Thomas who will take him to the harbour. Trevor instantly perks up, looking forward to a trip to the seaside where he will get to work and hopefully meet some children.

Thomas, who's carrying metal pilings needed for the construction work, is introduced to Trevor by Edward in the yard. Thomas is wary of the unusual-looking newcomer and asks what a traction engine is. Trevor explains that he is an engine who runs on roads instead of rails before politely asking to be taken to the harbour. Thomas, who is still confused, agrees nonetheless.

After Trevor's truck is coupled on to Thomas' train, the two set off for the harbour. On the way, Trevor explains his usefulness to Thomas, but the tank engine still can't understand how an engine can run off rails. Trevor tells Thomas he'll understand later.

At the harbour, Thomas arrives to find chaos. Several trucks have been derailed which are blocking the line and stone slabs are now littering the area. Thomas' driver tells Thomas and Trevor that the equipment Thomas is carrying is essential, so Trevor must go to work taking it around the mess. Trevor, who enjoys this kind of work, is happy to do the job as soon as possible.

While Thomas moves the trucks, Trevor carries the construction equipment to where it's needed with chains. Later, Thomas brings Annie and Clarabel to the harbour to meet him. Thomas has been left very impressed with Trevor after seeing him work so hard and finally understands just how useful a traction engine can truly be. Both Annie and Clarabel are carrying children, who Trevor is more than happy to give rides to. This is easily his favourite part of the day and Annie and Clarabel remark to each other how kind and gentle Trevor is and how he reminds them of Thomas.

Thomas and Trevor are both very sorry when the day is over and Trevor has to return to the orchard. Taking him to the junction, Thomas tries to cheer up an upset Trevor by telling him that there is now plenty of work for him at the vicarage and that he could be needed at the harbour again some day as well as promising to visit whenever he can. Trevor is left feeling much better by the news.

That evening, Trevor remembers all that had happened that day. He made a new friend in Thomas, he got to work at the harbour, but best of all, he got to spend time with children. With those thoughts very much in his mind, Trevor falls happily to sleep in the shed at the bottom of the orchard.

Characters

Locations

Trivia

  • This is the first episode to not be based on a story from the Railway Series. Instead, it is based on the annual story of the same name written by Christopher Awdry. However, the annual story was released a year after the episode was released.
  • Stock footage from Saved from Scrap is used.
  • Thomas has only one face mask on throughout the entire episode.
  • When Thomas' driver speaks, next to the wood, a can is seen.
  • Ringo Starr's US narration was not released on home media until 2012 when it was included on Engine Friends.
  • The scene of Thomas entering the harbour station with Annie and Clarabel is different in the restored version.
  • A deleted scene shows Edward and Trevor crossing the Viaduct.

Goofs

  • Trevor whistles at the beginning without a driver.
  • When Thomas arrives to collect Trevor, Edward's eyes are wonky.
  • A thin wire is visible pulling Trevor along when he is giving rides on the beach.
  • In the scene where Thomas is talking to Trevor, Thomas' second boiler stripe is missing.
  • Thomas' smoke generator is clearly visible. 
  • As the scene fades when Thomas pulls Trevor out of the harbour, he stops under the bridge.

In other languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Thomas og Trevor Thomas and Trevor
Spanish Un Nuevo Amigo Para Thomas A New Friend for Thomas
Japanese トーマスのあたらしいともだち New Friends of Thomas

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